Kila la heri! Michael Olunga joins Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol on a three-year-deal

Kenyan international striker, Michael Olunga has joined Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol from Chinese side Guizhou Zhicheng in a three year deal.


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An elated Olunga took to his Instagram page to break the news, saying; New Roads, New Rivers, New Chapter. Beginning of another unfolded history.

Olunga joins Kashiwa after a season long spell at Spanish side Girona where he went on to make history by becoming the first Kenyan to score in La Liga as well as the first a Hat-trick in the Spanish league.

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Popularly known as the ‘Engineer’, the former Gor Mahia forward spent an year at Ghuizhou Zhicheng joining in a record Sh450 million deal from Sweden top flight side IF Djurgardens in 2016.

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He fell down the pecking order and joined Girona in search of more playing time.

The 24-year-old’s transfer fee from Guizhou Zhicheng is believed to have cost Kashiwa Reysol $150,000 or ksh 15 million.

Olunga joins an array of other big football names in the fast rising J-league and he is set to face the likes of; Lukas Podolski, Andreas Iniesta and Fernando Torres.

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His new side is currently 13th on the 18-team J1 League with 23 points from 20 matches. They next face 12th-placed Vegalta Sendai on Saturday 11th August at their Sankyo Frontier Stadium in the city of Kashiwa.

Olunga has previously featured for Kenyan premier league sides; Thika United, Tusker FC and Gor Mahia.


Photo Credits: michael olunga

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